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Colorado: Game rangers free elk deer from tires


For more than two years, an elk with a heavy tire around its neck was out in the wilderness. Now US rangers could finally take the burden off him. For the next rut, however, the animal should have a hard time.

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Elk with tires: The animal was spotted and stunned near Pine Junction, southwest of Denver on Saturday, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Photo: Uncredited / dpa

The rangers had already tried three times in the past few weeks to free the elk from the hoop around its neck.

They failed three times.

Only the fourth attempt was successful: game rangers in the US state of Colorado lured the roughly four and a half year old deer out of a pack of 40 animals, they stunned him - and took the tire from him.

However, the two rangers Dawson Swanson and Scott Murdoch had to cut off the deer's antlers during the action on Saturday, the state authority Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported on Monday.

"The tire was full of wet pine needles and dirt"

The elk was spotted for the first time in July 2019 with the hoop around its neck. So he walked around in the wild with it for more than two years. The two park rangers estimated that the elk, weighing more than 270 kilograms, had lost almost 16 kilograms by removing its antlers and tires. "The tire was full of wet pine needles and dirt," Murdoch said. There was probably almost five kilograms of rubbish in the tire.

Actually, they would have preferred to cut the tire and not remove the antlers - for the rutting activities of the elk, said Murdoch. But it was not possible to cut through the steel in the tire. Fortunately, there was still a little room to move around the neck. The animal only had a small wound under the tire - and the hair was a bit rubbed off.

The young deer either got the hoop around his neck as a calf or in winter when he shed his antlers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife said. It could be that the curious animal stuck its head in a pile of tires. Game rangers have already observed how smaller deer, bears and other wild animals get caught in swings, hammocks, clotheslines, soccer goals or volleyball nets - and put their heads into objects with which they then run away. Therefore, residents should keep their property free of obstacles.

Wapitis can weigh up to 450 kilograms.

The antlers reach a length of up to 1.50 meters and weigh up to 15 kilograms.

Every year from February onwards, the bone-made antlers are shed.

They grow again until late summer in order to showcase the strength and health of the wearer during the rut in autumn.

aar / dpa

Source: spiegel

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